Upping anti-corruption fight: NAB aims to set up academy in capital

NAB had organized SAARC Seminar in Islamabad in which India and other members of SAARC countries participated


News Desk January 14, 2017
NAB chief chairs a meeting of the bureau. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The National Accountability Body (NAB) aims to set up its own anti-corruption academy in Islamabad.

This was stated by the accountability body chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry while chairing a meeting to review performance of accountability body at the NAB Headquarters on Friday.

He added that the new academy would be built on the pattern of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy.

This institution, Chaudhry said, would help build capacity of NAB officers along modern lines including training for detecting white collar crimes and other means to tackle different forms of corruption.

The chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday said that Pakistan can be role model for SAARC members countries on eradicating corruption.

, the body’s chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that among the South Asian Association of Regional Countries (SAARC) members, Pakistan’s ranking on the corruption perception index of the Transparency International had improved, falling from 126 to 117.

Moreover, Chaudhry pointed out that Pakistan had become the first Chairman of the SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum, which was a great achievement for the country and for the accountability body.

Pointing out the achievements which had led to this progress, Chaudhry pointed out that over the past 16 years, NAB had received around 326,694 complaints from individuals and organisations – both public and private.

Further, since NAB’s inception, the accountability body had recovered around Rs285billion of ill-gotten money.

Referring to the performance of the body, Chaudhry said figures for complaints, inquiries and investigations had almost doubled from 2015 to 2016.

He added that NAB had devised a comprehensive, partly quantified grading system to review and further improve the performance of officers. Under this grading system, NAB’s regional bureaus had been evaluated over the past two years according to the given criteria. He said that the regular checks had helped increase performance of the bureaus.

He said that NAB had organized SAARC Seminar in Islamabad in which India and other members of SAARC countries participated.

He further said that NAB had established a Forensic Science LAB (FSL) at the regional bureau in Rawalpindi. The lab had facilities of digital forensics, verify questionable documents and fingerprint analysis. Due to establishment of NAB’s own Forensic Science LAB (FSL), NAB has rationalised its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of all cases.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2017.

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